Art of the West exhibit, Colorado Springs, CO
Kirkpatrick Bank: 102 N. Cascade Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO
The American west has been inspiring artists from the time peoples began to inhabit the land. As a home or a destination it has become the subject of some of the most famous art to be made in the United States. The exhibition at the Kirkpatrick Bank in Colorado Springs tries to show works that capture the spirit of the west. While there are a few works by Kristian Capp, Rima Lee, Diego Rivera and Wouter Derutter that would be classified as “western” art, most of the art actually uses the west as a jumping off point for creation rather than only the actual subject matter. Donald Judd’s etchings of boxes show the clean lines he encountered in west Texas, and how he would eventually transfer them into sculpture. Donald Judd said you could, “see the shape of the land” in the west. That thought seems to be represented in all three Judd works in the exhibition.
The light of the west is also a theme that runs through several of the works. Agathe de Bailliencourt’s Coloeur de temps No. 3, shows the subtlety in a desert sunrise or sunset. Alfredo de Stefano’s Circles of Ice and Fire in the Desert works show the contrasting light of the day versus dusk. Again, the open space plays a large role in both artists’ work.
Artists from across the globe and times have found the west to be fertile ground for artistic expression. This exhibition hopes to shed a light on the beauty and timelessness of the west, and how it continues to inspire even into our contemporary times.
Pictured: Ring of Fire or Círculo de Fuego en el Desierto by Alfredo de Stefano, Chromogenic photograph, 1999